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Solidarity in times of crisis

With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team of Austrian and Hungarian sociologists is investigating what impact the protracted economic crisis has on the motives that fuel solidarity. Solidarity can be inclusive, inspired by a sense of social justice, or exclusive, i.e. extended only to one’s own national or ethnic group. Solidarity…

Taste Viennese Science! Top Tourism Region Establishes Sustainable & Regional Cuisine Based on a “Scientific Recipe” From Vienna

Scientific expertise in the area of sustainable tourism has helped the MODUL University Vienna to secure a prestigious commission from Germany: experts from the university’s Department for Tourism and Service Management will introduce sustainable food products to hotels on the Turkish Aegean coast through a coaching and communications project. The project was commissioned by the…

Working in turbo mode

Not only is work life accelerating, it is also getting more intensive. A team of occupational psychologists headed by Christian Korunka has analysed this heightened pace in a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and has described the new challenges resulting from this trend. The results have recently been published in the volume…

The Archean ocean as an ideal breeding ground for life

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the biochemist Markus Keller demonstrated successfully how important metabolic mechanisms were able to develop in cells four billion years ago. His research provides completely new insights into the origin of life. The origin of life is perhaps the greatest mystery of science. It is still…

The single market of interest groups

Environmental and consumer protection have outstripped business interests in the EU. This is the conclusion drawn by an international study supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. The reason behind this is a wish on the part of the European institutions to widen their legitimacy. Brussels is synonymous with European bureaucracy, political elites and powerful…

Austria’s family context has become more traditional again

More and more families have fewer children than they would actually like to have. Demographers from Vienna are currently exploring the causes of this development. They detect a return to traditional role models for both women and men. “We were surprised to see Austria heading back towards a more traditional pattern”, says Isabella Buber-Ennser from…

The Führer’s lavish guest house

In an extensive research effort the art historian Imma Walderdorff investigated the Nazi past of Klessheim Palace, unearthing hitherto unknown facts and making an important contribution to provenance research. Klessheim Palace in Salzburg owes a great deal of its current appearance to conversions made during the period of National Socialism (NS). Upon instructions from Adolf…

Human rights: Extrajudicial complaint mechanisms particularily suitable

Reconciling corporate interests with human rights is a difficult endeavour. A research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF demonstrates that non-judicial complaint mechanisms may be an adequate avenue for conflict resolution. For a number of years, companies have been facing increased pressure when it comes to human rights violations. Numerous multinational corporations such…

The underestimated role of coincidence

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team directed by mathematician Erika Hausenblas is investigating how the pressure of flowing liquids can be described when taking into account random perturbations. Differential equations are a physicist’s most important tool. From Newton’s law of gravitation to quantum physics one will scarcely find a…

Exploring “emo-eating”

While fear and aggression tend to curb our appetite, sadness and frustration seem to stimulate it. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF looks into the connections between mood and overeating in healthy and bulimic individuals. We know how it feels to look forward to our favourite dish; we are familiar with the…